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precocious

[pri-koh-shuh s] /prɪˈkoʊ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
unusually advanced or mature in development, especially mental development:
a precocious child.
2.
prematurely developed, as the mind, faculties, etc.
3.
of or pertaining to premature development.
4.
Botany.
  1. flowering, fruiting, or ripening early, as plants or fruit.
  2. bearing blossoms before leaves, as plants.
  3. appearing before leaves, as flowers.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; Latin praecoci-, stem of praecox (see precocity) + -ous
Related forms
precociously, adverb
precociousness, noun
unprecocious, adjective
unprecociously, adverb
unprecociousness, noun
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Examples for precocious
  • However much fun they are having, the kids are affected by this precocious professionalism of theirs.
  • As a precocious and retiring 4-year-old, the author tells us, she began reading anything she could lay her hands on.
  • It sounds to me that the whale was pushed out of the pod for being precocious.
  • Ralph was docile, and had a precocious sagacity for keeping out of trouble.
  • Maybe they'll be precocious know-it-alls.
  • Yet her mocking manner and precocious beauty made her a natural for it.
  • The result is a fast-moving, escapist tale that pinches the dirty cheek of the precocious fifth grader in all of us.
  • The daughter is precocious and loud with no boundaries.
  • When young researchers are afraid to challenge their professors, precocious insights are sometimes lost.
  • precocious youngsters with a taste for laboratory notebooks spend years building experiments to compete for college scholarships.
British Dictionary definitions for precocious

precocious

/prɪˈkəʊʃəs/
adjective
1.
ahead in development, such as the mental development of a child
2.
(botany) (of plants, fruit, etc) flowering or ripening early
Derived Forms
precociously, adverb
precociousness, precocity (prɪˈkɒsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin praecox early maturing, from prae early + coquere to ripen
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Contemporary definitions for precocious
adjective

pertaining to uncharacteristically early development, esp. in maturity

Word Origin

Latin prae- + coquere 'to cook'

adjective

appearing early, as flowers; early in development

Word Origin

Latin prae- + coquere 'to cook'

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Word Origin and History for precocious
precocious
1650, "developed before the usual time," from L. præcox (gen. præcocis) "maturing early," from præ- "before" + coquere "to ripen," lit. "to cook" (see cook (n.)). Originally of flowers or fruits. Fig. use, of persons, dates from 1678.
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precocious in Medicine

precocious pre·co·cious (prĭ-kō'shəs)
adj.
Showing unusually early development or maturity.


pre·coc'ity (-kŏs'ĭ-tē) or pre·co'cious·ness n.
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precocious in Science
precocious
  (prĭ-kō'shəs)   
Relating to or having flowers that blossom before the leaves emerge. Some species of magnolias are precocious.
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